Va­ri­ety’s t he s pice of life

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK/LETTERS - Richard Holmes Hol­land on Sea, Es­sex

I have been in mo­tor­sport for 50 odd years in one way or an­other and been watch­ing F1 for the same time. F1 has now be­come a bore, there is no real ex­cite­ment or drama any­more – un­less you think a re­play of a wheel lock­ing or a race car with a bit of op­po­site lock is worth all the ex­cite­ment from the com­men­tary team.

Take off all the aero junk and open up the en­gines to just a cc limit and let them build what they want.

This is the grid for the 1966 Dutch Grand Prix: Fer­rari V12 3.0-litre; Cli­max V8 2.0-litre; Cli­max 4-cylin­der 2.7-litre; BRM V8 2.0-litre; Repco V8 3.0-litre; Serenis­sima V8 3.0-litre; Maserati V12 3.0-litre.

As for tyres, there were Fire­stone, Goodyear and Dun­lop.

And you could tell what car was on the grid by just look­ing at it, you did not need the number. My point is you need more va­ri­ety, not a grid of clones.

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